Some Amazing Chocolates To Try – Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon Wrap-Up

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Guittard chocolates for baking (or, um, eating)

The first Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon was a resounding success! 20+ chocolate artisans showed up to offer samples and talk about their work. For only a $20 entrance fee and unlimited tasting, this …

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Seem Quiet Around Here? Not At My House :)

If it seems like there aren’t a whole lot of new posts and recipes for the next few weeks or so, it is because we just had our second baby! I’m a proud and sleepy Dad with quite a bit different priorities for the next bit, but I’ll be back soon.

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Roasted Corn With Ancho Chili Butter – Recipe

I’m more than a little obsessed when it comes to roasted or grilled corn. Anytime we go to a State Fair or Sons of Norway festival, I head straight for the corn booth, wolf down 3 ears and then regret that I don’t have room for a cream puff. Well, not until after we play …

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Ba-Da Bing! What A Sweetheart!

Bing Cherries

No, I haven’t been watching too many episodes of the Sopranos. These beautiful Bing cherries are from Batch’s Best Family Farms. I got them from my friends over at ChefShop.com. Tim Mar & his crew have a knack for tracking down great food.

I’ve never seen 3 pounds of cherries without a single bad one …

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King Oyster Mushrooms With Pesto, Grilled Polenta, and White Beans

When I saw “French Horn Mushrooms” at Whole Foods (for $19.99/lb), I thought they looked awfully familiar. In fact I would have sworn they were the same as the “King Oyster Mushrooms” for sale at $6-8/lb at our local Asian groceries. Sure enough, either one is . (Click over to see what they look like …

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Stringozzi (or linguini) con funghi – Simple pasta with mushrooms – Recipe

Stringozzi con funghi (pasta with mushrooms)

Living in Seattle, we get some of the best wild mushrooms in the country at our markets, often within hours of being foraged. The bounty of morels, chanterelles, porcini, maitake, and dozens of other varieties is astonishing. Sometimes I forget how delicious cultivated button mushrooms can be.

This bag of beautiful …

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Vegetarian Paella With Artichokes And Green Beans – Recipe

Vegetarian Paella With Artichokes And Green Beans

I know, when you think paella, you think seafood paella. But the real main event is beautifully cooked, tomato and saffron infused short-grain rice with a caramelized crust (socarrat) on the bottom. Add a few baby artichokes, green beans, and garlic and you’ve got a terrific vegetarian paella.

We …

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